FACT Asks for Investigation of U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany over Facebook Mishap
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
FACT has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) requesting an investigation of Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA) for using official House resources for political purposes - a clear misuse of taxpayer funded resources and a violation of House Ethics Rules.
According to the complaint, it was recently reported that Congressman Boustany’s congressional office accidentally broadcast a private campaign meeting over Facebook. The Facebook Live feed clearly shows a congressional staff member at a meeting where Rep. Boustany’s campaign for Senate was discussed. Federal law and the House Ethics Rules both prohibit House Members from using House resources, including congressional office space, congressional websites, and congressional staff time, for campaigning or any other political purpose.
“It appears that government resources were used by Congressman Boustany’s office to discuss campaign matters which is a clear misuse of taxpayer funds,” said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). “To help maintain integrity in government, elected officials need to maintain clear lines of distinction between what constitutes official versus campaign business.”
FACT requested the House Ethics Board investigate this matter.
A full copy of FACT's complaint is available here.
The Advocate's coverage of FACT's complaint can be read here.